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Shakira to be Named 2023 Woman of The Year at Billboard’s First Latin Women in Music Event

Shakira will be named the 2023 Woman of the Year at Billboard’s first Latin Women in Music event next month.

The pop superstar from Colombia is honored for her contributions to the music industry, bringing recognition and opportunities for Latin women through her career and philanthropic efforts.

“Shakira is the ultimate Woman in Music. Thanks to her, Latin women all over the world were empowered to write and perform deeply personal music. She created a movement all on her own and continues to be more relevant than ever today, with grace, a deep tradition of giving back, and enormous talent,” Leila Cobo, Billboard’s chief content officer for Latin/Español, said in a statement.

Over Shakira’s decade-long career, she has sold over 95 million records worldwide, making her the top-selling female Latin artist. She has also allowed Latin artists to cross over to international artists.

She has been named Billboard’s Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade twice, in 2000 and 2010. According to Billboard and Telemundo, she has received three Grammys, 12 Latin Grammys, seven Billboard Music Awards, and 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

“Shakira has been pivotal in shaping the vibrant and diverse landscape of Latin music and music in general throughout her career,” Ronald Day, Telemundo’s president of entertainment and content strategy, said in a statement. “Her passion, talent, and creativity have broken barriers and empowered generations to embrace our identity through music. We are incredibly proud to recognize her as Women of the Year in the industry.”

Her 2022 single “Monotonía” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Shakira the first solo woman to reach the Top 10 with a song recorded in Spanish. She also headlined the Super Bowl halftime show alongside Jennifer Lopez in 2020.

Outside of music, at age 18, Shakira started the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which has built and adapted nine public schools across four cities in Colombia, with six more in construction. The foundation has raised more than $40 million, according to Billboard and Telemundo.

The Latin Women in Music event will take place on May 6 at the Watsco Center in Miami and air on May 7.

NBC News